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Fiorentina, Palermo chiefs slam FIGC over non-EU reduction

Serie A clubs are reeling from FIGC's decision to reduce the number of non-EU players allowed. Italian football aims to focus more on youth academies and homegrown talent after the World Cup exit.

The FIGC took action yesterday by introducing rules reducing the number of non-EU signings from two to just one per season.

"It's terrible news and is utterly astounding," said Fiorentina director of sport Pantaleo Corvino.

"If anything, we're proving how far behind we are compared to Spain, Germany and France.

"All the clubs had planned their transfer campaigns based on two non-EU players being available, but overnight the rules changed completely. We're all perplexed."

In his typically forthright fashion, Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini agreed that this may not have been the best course of action.

"This was the dumbest thing they could've done. Those who imposed the rules are incompetent and should be sent packing.

"When you change the regulations halfway through, it shows that you are incompetent. Instead of sorting things out, we just make things worse.

"It's not as if we lost at the World Cup because club sides had two non-EU players instead of one. Whoever thought this up should be ashamed of themselves."

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